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St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 30, 2011

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Steering Committee requests bid for hosting Kingdom Games

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. Rhoda Arrindell is busy setting up a committee to create a bid for hosting the 2013 Kingdom Games. The island had been listed as the host country in a report from the Kingdom Games S

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 30, 2011

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HIV/AIDS Programme Manager to receive prestigious Pancap award

St. Maarten - HIV/AIDS Programme Manager Suzette Moses-Burton has been notified by e-mail that from the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV/AIDS (Pancap) she is one of this year’s recipients of a prestigious Pancap Award. Moses-Burton will collec

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 30, 2011

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GB3 re-launches as structural program

St. Maarten – Get off the block, Get on the Bus, Get Busy (GB-3) program will likely be re-launched as a structural program in mid-October. The announcement of the re-launch was made by the project’s initiator – the Minister of Education, Cultu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 30, 2011

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Discussions on Caricom membership ongoing

“Visas are bilateral issue” St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has said that discussions for St. Maarten to become an associate member of the Caribbean Community (Caricom). The latest communication is a letter from Caricom’

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 30, 2011

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Sister Basilia’s day care facility reaches highest point

St. Maarten – Both Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Vice Prime Minister Thedore Heylger are looking forward to the official opening of the Sister Basilia Center’s Daycare Building. Their sentiments were expressed at Thursday afternoon’s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 30, 2011

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Prime Minister says life at St. Maarten House is no luxury

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has confirmed that Perry Geerlings, who is currently Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Stichting Kadaster and Hypotheekwezen, is part of the staff of the cabinet of the Minister Plenipotenti

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 30, 2011

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No holiday on country’s first anniversary

St. Maarten – October 10, 2011 will not be a public holiday and civil servants will not get the day off. However the government is planning an official celebration to mark the first anniversary of St. Maarten becoming a country within the Kingdom o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 30, 2011

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Appeal Romeijn-killers postponed until December

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice postponed the appeal hearing of three defendants who are currently serving lengthy prison sentences for a string of violent armed robberies – the most notorious one being a robbery on October 16 of last y

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De Weever to meet MPs on doctor cards, social aid and labour situation

St. Maarten – The Central Committee of Parliament meets Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius De Weever on October 3 on government’s policy in regards to the issuance and renewal of doctor cards and government’s poli

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Arrindell meets with Animal Welfare Foundation

St. Maarten– President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell had an ‘information gathering consultation sessions’ with President of the St. Maarten Animal Welfare Foundation Susan Wathey, the foundation’s Secretary Pamela Simms and Treasurer Heathe

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St. Maarten Airport staffers complete security course

St. Maarten – The group of aviation workers who participated in a week long training on Airport Security led by Arthur Tholel and Pedro Rotella, both instructors from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have been presented their ce

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St. Maarten Telecom providers agree that easy part of code switch is over

St. Maarten - The top managers of Telem Group of Companies and United Telecommunications Service concur that today’s start of the permissive dialing period for St. Maarten’s new country code (1-721) is the easy part of what is to come. As the one

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Sections of L.B Scott Road and Gladiola Road close Saturday

St. Maarten – The intersection of L.B. Scott Road and Gladiola Road will close at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday to allow for the contractor to continue laying the main sewage line that will run from Ebenezer to the A Th. Illidge Road. The road will remain

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 30, 2011

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Deygoo gets emotional farewell

St. Maarten - New Testament Baptist Church of God filled to capacity Thursday as mourners assembled for the funeral of the late Mark Anthony Deygoo. The Guyanese business man was shot during a robbery at his store – Fragile Bundle – on September

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Appeals court demands 18 months against Bobby V. for sexual assault

Reputed businessman claims his innocence St. Maarten – Two hours before the deadline expired on July 15, Attorney General Dick Piar decided to appeal Bobby V.’s acquittal for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old second cousin on March 7 of last y

Opinion - Posted by on September 30, 2011

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Opinion: Targeting Emsley Tromp

Helmin Wiels is on the war path and his target is called Emsley Tromp. The Pueblo Soberano leader has filed a complaint against Tromp with the public prosecutor’s office in Willemstad, repeating an allegation about him getting an unsecured loan and

Opinion - Posted by on September 30, 2011

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Opinion: Security guards

Does it make sense to allow security guards to carry firearms? And if so, would this contribute to a safer St. Maarten?  Justice Minister Roland Duncan tends towards allowing this but he put a big if on the table, and rightly so. Security guards cou

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SHTA wants more nominees in education category

St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association says nominations are steadily coming in for the sixth annual Crystal Pineapple Awards Fundraiser. One of the most significant of the new categories is the teacher of the year award, wh

Editorial - Posted by on September 30, 2011

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Editorial; A professional discussion

The weekend lays ahead and beyond that a meeting of the Central Committee of parliament. That gathering requested by the National Alliance will look at a raft of issues that touch each of us just as much and maybe even more than crime – elements of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 29, 2011

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Heyliger congratulates maritime sector on international commemoration

St. Maarten – Vice Prime Minister and Minister responsible for Harbour Affairs Theodore Heyliger congratulate the maritime sector, all those working in or who have retired from working in the sector on today’s observance of World Maritime Day. Th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 29, 2011

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Teenagers accused of five armed robberies remain behind bars

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance postponed the trial of two teenagers who stand accused of five armed robberies they allegedly committed between May 31 and June 7, because their attorney Mr. Geert Hatzmann had received the final police rep

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SMPR-1 cable repair scheduled for completion today

St. Maarten – Engineers repairing TelEm Group’s damaged SMPR-1 undersea cable will give the green light today for the company to restore broadband connections and send traffic between St. Maarten and Puerto Rico. The engineers have been carrying

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 29, 2011

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Robbery-suspect denies involvement

St. Maarten – Jahmal Devon B. will have to wait behind bars until at least November 30, after his trial was postponed yesterday morning because his attorney mr. S.H. Ibrahim had not been able to prepare his defense. The 21-year-old defendant is acc

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 29, 2011

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Finance Minister pleased Cft will open office in Philipsburg

St. Maarten – From various indications, the Financial Supervisory Committee (Cft) will within short open an office in Philipsburg in order for it to be able to carry out its responsibilities. “I am happy to announce that so far it seems as if

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 29, 2011

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Thieving teenager gets last chance to stay out of prison

St. Maarten – Teenager Valieko Brendon Couszier Romney did not show up in court yesterday morning to answer to theft charges. If he had just abided by the stipulations of his conditional dismissal he would not have been called up in the first place

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Scotiabank supports Spelling Bee

St. Maarten - Scotiabank St Maarten, through its Bright Future Program, has willingly agreed to be one of the two platinum sponsors of the Regional Haliborange – Rotary/Rotaract Spelling Bee competition to be held in St Maarten in October. SOL is t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 29, 2011

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Prime Minister to deliver MDG lecture on Monday

St. Maarten - The University of St. Martin (USM)  will launch its Fall 2011 Lecture Series- Millennium Development Goals and St Maarten: A Look at Goal 1: Eradication of Extreme Hunger and Poverty  with a lecture by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Will

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UTS blows whistle on lottery scam

St. Maarten – United Telecommunications Service has warned its customers about an ongoing lottery scam. The company’s Marketing and Communications Officer Ivy Lambert said Wednesday that several customers alerted them to the scam and they decided

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 29, 2011

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Stagnant economy leads to lower budget

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto has announced that the 2012 budget will be at least 10 million guilders less than the budget for 2011. The budget for 2011 tops out at 421 million guilders and based on the minister’s announcement the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 29, 2011

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Jail time and community service for couple that defrauded Usona

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Joan Theresa Sandy-Forde, 42, and her husband Neville Junior Hermitt Forde, 54, for forgery and fraud at the expense of the development fund for the (former) Netherlands Antilles Usona. Sandy Ford

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 29, 2011

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Career criminal might earn acquittal for unlawful arrest

St. Maarten – Maurice S. is making a name for himself in St. Maarten, but his career is nothing to be proud of. On February 28 he was conditionally released from the Pointe Blanche prison, but within three months, on May 23, he resumed his criminal

Opinion - Posted by on September 29, 2011

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Opinion: Under the lighthouse

Under the lighthouse it is always dark. There are so many examples that prove this point that they make your head spin. The latest one comes straight from our own Tourism Minister Franklin Meyers. Yesterday, the minister announced that hotels could c

Opinion - Posted by on September 29, 2011

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Opinion: Stiffer penalties for crimes committed against tourists?

Is it a good idea to punish crimes against tourists harsher than crimes against others? Discrimination, several members of parliament said on Tuesday. Bad idea. Don’t do it. We’re not too sure about this proposed measure either, and even thoug

Opinion - Posted by on September 29, 2011

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Opinion: Amazing

It was an interesting case, the trial of Neville Forde and his wife Joan Theresa. It is an example of how not to do things – yet we suspect that this is exactly what is happening on a large scale on our island. People fiddle to achieve what they co

Editorial - Posted by on September 29, 2011

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Editorial: “Dat doet pijn”

The statement Dat doet pijn (It hurts) is something is a statement that all Dutch politicians and the Queen have used to describe how the world economy has impacted the Dutch government’s budget for 2012. We state today with absolute certainty that

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